Transfer news and rumours of the day: 15th June,2016
Kovacic to Roma, Valdes to Manchester City and much more.
The Premier League fixtures for the 2016-17 season have been announced and the thrillers start right from the first matchday, the key clashes being Arsenal vs Liverpool and Everton vs Tottenham Hotspurs. Arsenal have a tough opening run as they’ll face defending champions Leicester City right after and Arsene Wenger will look to bolster his squad as soon as possible.
Leicester are also searching for attacking options to replace Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez who are likely to leave this summer. Elsewhere, Roma are looking to bring in quality midfielders to replace the departed Miralem Pjanic.
Here are the transfer news and rumours from June 15th.
- AS Roma will offer a new contract to Radja Nainggolan in order to stop him from leaving the club, according to Evening Standard. The Serie A club have already rejected bids from Chelsea worth more than £27million. The paper reports that the Blues are desperate to sign the Belgian and are willing to offer weekly wages ranging from £70,000 to £100,000, prompting the Giallorossi to act. However, talks over a new deal will only take place after Euro 2016
- Juventus have placed a massive €60million price tag on defender Leonardo Bonucci, reports Corriere dello Sport. Chelsea and Manchester City are both interested in luring the centre-back away from Turin, but the Serie A champions are desperate to hold on to their player.
- AS Roma are eyeing Real Madrid's Mateo Kovacic and Newcastle United's Georginio Wijnaldum, say reports. The Giallorossi need to restock the midfield after the departure of Miralem Pjanic. The Real Madrid man is an expensive option at €25m, but the conditions are favourable to pick him up. Competitors Juventus are likely to bow out of the race now that they have Pjanic, and the Los Blancos are reportedly willing to let Kovacic go out on a loan deal with an option to buy.